Mea Culpa

  We walked today, picking fall flowers, dried seed pods and colorful leaves. Chattering like a busy chipmunk, she found pretty rocks in the gravel, drew line after line for us to race from, and marveled at the troops of soldier mushrooms. It was more a meander than a walk, but definitions matter not to […]

Lucky

  Most mornings I wake up feeling pretty darn fortunate. Not all mornings, of course, but more often than not. I’ve always had shelter, food and clothing. I’ve always been surrounded by people whom I love and who love me. I’ve faced very little adversity, loss or personal tragedy. I’m a white woman in a […]

On Corporal Punishment

(Column 50 – published in the Feb 14th Warroad Pioneer) Life is heavy at times. Like the weight of the rain on top of our snow base, thickening a crust that can hold the fox and a four-year old but not the sharp-hooved deer and a Muck-booted mama. I have emerged from my self-imposed social […]

For Goodness’ Sake

  (Column 46 Published in the December 27th Warroad Pioneer’s Special Holiday Issue) As I wrap Christmas presents for my child, I’m taken back to memories of opening them. My first thoughts are what it must have been like for my mom, scrimping and saving and hand-making leg warmers and hats and mittens to ensure all […]

The Long Division of Fear

Column 37 Published in the October 18th issue of the Warroad Pioneer My dad saw a moose…a healthy one, here, at The Angle! That statement, by the way, is The Angle’s version of name-dropping or celebrity-sighting. But my little mind is on politics, not moose nor life at The Angle. How can I rest in […]